Chelsea vs Barcelona: Top Five Goals From This Historic Champions League Clash
Chelsea vs Barcelona is arguably the most heated Champions League clash in recent history with a number of dramatic moments marring their meetings over the past 14 years.
Since the emergence of the Blues in the post-Roman Abramovich era, their relationship with Europe’s premier club competition has been an emotional rollercoaster.
The two sides have met 11 times since 2004, games in which we’ve seen just about everything. Sensational goals, controversial moments and, of course, significant wins leading to both sides lifting the historic trophy at least once.
As a new chapter is set to be written in 2018 between the clubs, we look back at the top five goals this encounter has served up.
5. Didier Drogba vs Barcelona (2007)
The man regarded as Chelsea’s main talisman during the successful Ambramovich era, Drogba proved to be a nemesis for Barcelona as the two sides locked horns for a number of years in the Champions League.
The unique status of this particular game was that the two giants met at the group stage of the competition, rather than the latter stages where each goal counted towards a potential knockout. Due to a slight decline in their UEFA coefficient, Chelsea found themselves in pot 2 and were subsequently drawn in the same group as their arch-rivals.
When the Catalan giants visited Stamford Bridge, the game was won through a piece of magic by Drogba. The Ivorian took the ball with his back to goal, held off a prime Carles Puyol, swivelled, and lashed the ball past Victor Valdes from 20-yards out.
4. Michael Essien vs Barcelona (2009)
Essien’s wondergoal against Barcelona came in arguably the most controversial Champions League game in living memory, one that ended with Pep Guardiola streaming down the touchline and Drogba swearing down the barrel of the camera lens.
The west London club hosted the semi-final clash at Stamford Bridge fresh from securing a 0-0 draw at the Camp Nou, a traditionally dangerous scoreline in the Champions League.
With the game hardly 10 minutes in, Essien unleashed a left-footed volley in off the crossbar to give the Blues a crucial lead against arguably the greatest club side we’ve seen.
Chelsea had one foot in the final, but the referee and Andreas Iniesta hadn’t had their say just yet…
3. Andres Iniesta vs Chelsa (2009)
It’s only fitting that Iniesta’s goal follows Essien given the magnitude of that particular meeting between Chelsea and Barcelona. After the Ghanaian international’s opener, a Barcelona goal would see them through on the away goals rule.
A lot happened between the two strikes. Barcelona’s Eric Abidal was sent off for a professional file on Drogba and the man who would dominate the headlines came into his own, referee Tom Henning Øvrebø.
The Norwegian turned down four clear penalty appeals for the home sides, which created an air of inevitability about what was to come. Lionel Messi, who’d largely been very quiet laid the ball off to Iniesta who was hanging outside the penalty box, and the Spaniard unleashed a first-time strike right into the top corner seconds before the final whistle.
2. Frank Lampard vs Barcelona (2006)
The second of Chelsea’s group stage clashes against Barcelona in 2006, Lampard netted an effort still debated to this day as to whether he meant it or not.
The current Premier League champion’s record goalscorer shaped to cross the ball into the box while positioned on the byline, but it seemed he saw Victor Valdes creeping off his line.
Lampard instead somehow managed to chip the ball in off the far post.
1. Ronaldinho vs Chelsea (2005)
The iconic goal. The goal that needs little description. Ronaldinho picks up the ball 20-yards from goal with the entire Chelsea back four and Petr Cech to beat.
No sweat, it’s Ronaldinho. With just two touches and while remaining at a standstill, the Brazilian managed to poke the ball right into the corner in a matter of seconds.
A goal that marked a generation.